Sights Set on State

Photos courtesy DAVE BERTHOLF

ABOVE: Winfield High School junior Savanna Nickum shoots from the collar Monday at the Class 4A Regional Championships at Stone Creek Golf Course in Chanute.

BELOW: The Class 4A Regional champion Winfield Lady Vikings, from left, Chaney Littell, Celine Mendoza, Clover Maples, Carley Littell and Savanna Nickum.

CHANUTE — If the Winfield High School girls golf team is to be challenged at the State meet, that challenge almost surely won’t come from within the Lady Vikings’ Regional.

Winfield took another step to winning it all Monday by capturing the team title at the Class 4A Regional Championships at Stone Creek Golf Course.

The Lady Vikings fired a team 362, a whopping 76 strokes ahead of runner-up Fort Scott (438), 88 strokes better than third-place Chanute and 91 strokes ahead of fourth-place Independence.

Scores were down across the leaderboard due to heavy rains from the night before that left the course a challenge.

“They talked about moving it to Tuesday, but decided to play (Monday),” WHS coach Dave Bertholf said. “It was a very wet course, and a wet cold start. I was proud of how our girls handled it. They wanted to play and keep good attitudes.”

The top four teams, along with the top six individuals from other teams qualified for the KSHSAA Class 4A State Championships, set for Oct. 18-19 at Salina Municipal Golf Course.

Winfield’s biggest challenge likely will come down to Wamego, the champion of the Clay Center Regional with a team 358, 30 strokes ahead of runner-up Topeka-Hayden (388). Pratt needed a 407 to win the Buhler Regional by three strokes over the host Lady Crusaders.

About the only thing the Lady Vikings didn’t win Monday was the individual Regional title. That honor belonged to Karlie Chipman of Fort Scott, who fired an 85.

Winfield, however, took the next four places.

Senior Chaney Littell and junior Savannah Nickum tied for second, each carding an 88. Sophomore Carley Little was fourth with a 92 and senior Celine Mendoza placed fifth with a 94.

Littell opened with a double-bogey and made par on three holes for a first-round 43. Double-bogeys on No. 12 and No. 16 sent her to a 45 after the turn.

Chapman actually had four double-bogeys on the back nine to go with one on the No. 1 hole. But she earned par on five holes on the front side, then birdied No. 10 before finishing with par three more times.

Nickum recorded two birdies, on No. 2 and No. 10. She only had two double-bogeys, but didn’t shoot par until the Nos. 17 and 18 holes to pair a first-round 46 with a 42.

Carley Littell shot par on three holes on the front and one on the back, but a double-bogey on No. 18 forced her to settle for even rounds of 46.

Mendoza shot par on four holes, just one on the front. Consecutive double-bogeys on Nos. 11-13 and three double-bogeys on the front side left her pairing a 49 with a 45.

Freshman Clover Maples shaved eight strokes off of a first-round 66 to finish with a 58 after the turn to finish in a tie for 27th.

“We had four Regional medalists with pretty good scores considering the conditions,” Bertholf said. “Our freshman Clover Maples, posted her best nine-hole score of the year with a 58 on her final nine holes. We just keep getting better every day.”

Class 4A Regional Championships

Monday at Chanute

Stone Creek Golf Course

(Top 4 teams qualify for State)

(Top 6 not on those teams qualify)

Team Scores

    1     Winfield    362

    2.    Fort Scott    438

    3.    Chanute    450

    4.    Independence    453

    5.    Wellington    455

    6.    Labette County 466

    7.    Girard    496

    8.    Mulvane    505

    9.    Parsons    543

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# - qualify for State as a team

$ - qualify for State as an individual

Leaderboard

    1.    Karlie Chipman, FS#    85

    2t.    Chaney Littell, Win#    88

    2t.    Savanna Nickum, Win#    88

    4.    Carley Littell, Win#    92

    5.    Celine Mendoza, Win#    94

    6t.    Kamron Blair, Par$    97

    6t.    Josie Hayward, LC$    97

    8.    Ryann Thurston, FS#    99

    9.    Megan Kueser, Chan#    100

    10t.    Kasiah Richmond, Well$    104

    10t.    Janessa Varndell, Chan#    104

    12t.    Sophia Arneson, Gir$    106

    12t.    Mattily Brumley, Ind#    106

    14.    Eleanor Smith, FS#    110

    15.    Lucy Robins, Ind#    111

    16t.    Payton Fox, Mul$    113

    16t.    Lydia Hall, LC$    113

    18.    Aubrey Hunt, Well    115

    19.    Eliza DeJarnett, Well    116

    20.    Molly Waters, Ind#    117

    21.    Ava O’Brien, LC    118

    22t.    Hadley Hines, Ind#    119

    22t.    Emma Spencer, Ind#    119

    22t.    Tierra Ward, Chan#    119

    25.    Laney Dillon, Well    120

    26.    Anastin Journot, Ind#    122

    27t.    Jorja Knodel, Mul    124

    27t.    Clover Maples, Win#    124

    29.    Kaia Moore, Mul    126

    30.    Katelyn Caldwell, Chan#    127

    31.    Emma Waltermire, Chan#    128

    32.    Madison Shepard, Par    136

    33.    Mia Howard, LC    138

    34.    Karlyn Fisher, Gir    140

    35.    Brooklyn Loveless, Mul    142

    36.    Delani Weddle, FS#    144

    37.    Keoni Pena, Well    152

    38.    Malin Gecke, Par    154

    39.    Chloe Pontious, Par    156

    40.    Ainsley Viets, Gir    165

    41.    Marley Bowker, Mul    177

        Ashley Sabine, Gir    W/D

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